A Weekend Morning at Panera + A Giveaway!

When my alarm goes off in the morning, my husband rolls over to hit snooze and go back to sleep. I lie in bed and start thinking about my day, all the possibilities, and everything I am thankful for in my life. By the time the alarm goes off...again, I feel mentally ready to start the day.

Our weekday mornings can be hectic, so I love to take extra time on the weekends to enjoy family and friends and reconnect over breakfast. Last week, I met 2 of my dearest friends and a lovely little lady at Panera to catch up with over some warm drinks and yummy food.

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Just stepping out of my car in the parking lot had me drooling. I ran in and grabbed a chai tea latte while waiting for the girls and was pleasantly surprised to learn I had a free pastry loaded onto my MyPanera card, just for signing up! Since they didn't have a gluten free option, I wrapped up my pumpkin muffin and brought it home to two thankful kids. You can score some free goodies and sign up  for your MyPanera card here.

I love settling in near the fireplace and basket of newspapers and books for sharing. Panera has such a comfortable community feeling and it was very easy to relax with the baby and take our time enjoying our drinks. It always takes forever for us to order. There are so many awesome choices. I grabbed the Mediterranean Egg White Bowl. Oh yes, you can get any of the sandwich options in a bowl. So even if you are forced to forgo those mouthwatering breads and bagels you will still be satisfied and happy with your breakfast. They loaded me up with extra spinach and the pesto was insane!

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Of course I also came home with a bag of bagels and spread for my husband to take to work. Bribing co-workers is always a good policy. We are also fortunate that there is a Panera in between my kids schools. I can pop in for a quick power smoothie or treats for their class in no time at all. Bribing kids isn't a bad idea.

Right now, Panera is hosting a Breakfast Backstory Challenge.

 

 

 

 

You can learn all about Panera's Breakfast Backstory while earning chances to win some amazing prizes!

Breville Juice Fountain Elite

Breville Barista Exoress Espresso maker

KitchenAid Professional Stand Mixer

and the Grand Prize of

An all-inclusive, culinary experience trip to New York City for Two

Head over here and watch videos, read articles, connect through social media, and find recipes to earn badges which get you entered to win some of these prizes! It is super easy and quick. I can't wait to try the Overnight Tropical Oatmeal recipe! You can learn how some of your favorite menu items are prepared as well. My friend, Jessica enjoyed the Roasted Tomato & Feta Baked Egg Souffle, which  looked scrumptious!

When you earn three badges you also get a little surprise loaded on your My Panera card! Then go complete your bonus entries for more chances to win a culinary experience for two in NYC! I want that juice fountain, bad.

Now let's get to that $100 Panera Card Give Away!

Leave me a comment telling us: What is your favorite way to start the day?

One random commenter will win the $100 Panera Gift Card. But remember, we all have a chance to win free goodies by registering for My Panera Rewards and playing the Breakfast Backstory Challenge!

 

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I would love for you to follow along! Subscribe via bloglovin, e-mail or rss feed in a reader. I also post on Twitter and Facebook almost every day. And did I mention my Pinterest addiction....

 

Sweepstakes Rules:

No duplicate comments.

You may receive (2) total entries by selecting from the following entry methods:

Leave a comment in response to the sweepstakes prompt on this post

Tweet (public message) about this promotion; including exactly the following unique term in your tweet message: “#SweepstakesEntry”; and leave the URL to that tweet in a comment on this post

Blog about this promotion, including a disclosure that you are receiving a sweepstakes entry in exchange for writing the blog post, and leave the URL to that post in a comment on this post

For those with no Twitter or blog, read the official rules to learn about an alternate form of entry.

This giveaway is open to US Residents age 18 or older. Winner  will be selected via random draw, and will be notified by e-mail. You have 72 hours to get back to me, otherwise a new winner will be selected.

The Official Rules are available here.

This sweepstakes runs from 11/13/13 – 12/8/13.

Be sure to visit the Panera Bread's page on BlogHer.com where you can read other bloggers’ reviews and find more chances to win!

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Comments

  1. I love starting the day with a hot cup of flavored coffee!

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  2. My favorite way to start the day is to sleep in, but since I have a 7 year old, a 6.5 year old and an almost 6 year old it’s been a LONG time since that’s happened. I work full time about 25 miles away from home & get up at 5 and am at work by 6:30 so I can leave by 3:30 to get home to hang out with the kids in the afternoon. So my favorite days now are the weekends where I can sleep until 7 or 7:30 and then make a big breakfast for everyone.

  3. My favorite way to start the dya is with a bowl of oatmeal and a good read before my girls get up.

  4. My favorite way to start the day is sitting in my quiet chair with a cup of coffee spending some time with God or just reflecting.

  5. My favorite way to start the day is by eating a healthy breakfast, having a Coke (haha) and doing some reading after I drop the kids off at school!

  6. I shared the giveaway on Twitter too!
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  7. Sunshine and hot tea are sure to wake me up! A good book while drinking the hot tea wouldn’t hurt…

  8. My favorite way to start my day is glass of ice water …then, it’s toast.
    Brenda

  9. A strong cup of coffee.

  10. hot coffee!!!! and a cinnamon crunch bagel from panera isn’t bad either! 🙂

  11. I like to start my day with a cup of coffee

  12. Lauren Becker says:

    I like to start the day with a warm shower to wake me up. 🙂

  13. Hazelnut Coffee!! Please?

  14. Hugs for my husband before he heads off to work, quick prayer time in bed, and breakfast with my toddlers. 🙂

  15. I like to start my day with fruit and yogurt.

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  17. I love starting the day with black coffee and scrambled eggs!

  18. I enjoy a sugar free Red Bull in the morning 😉 But the best morning is dropping off my twins at preschool then heading to Panera! I love getting a cinnamon crunch bagel and just sitting in the relaxing atmosphere. 😉

  19. I enjoy a sugar free Red Bull in the morning 😉

  20. I like to start my day with a giant glass of
    water and a cup of coffee. Then I sit on the couch and read my bible.
    Thanks Patti 🙂

  21. I always start the day with a cappuccino and a bowl of oatmeal with mangos and prunes. Then I check my blog, my email, and my accounts. Ready for the rest of the day after all this. Jo @ Let’s Face the Music

  22. My favorite way to start the day I sued coffee and checkin my emails and blogs.

  23. My favorite way to start the day is with a hot cup of tea and a warm scone! I have not done anything special for myself recently but seeing my children enjoy their lives is special enough to make me happy every day.

  24. Jessica To says:

    I like to start my day with a muffin and juice!

  25. Susan Smith says:

    I love to start my day by listening to music while drinking coffee and eating a healthy breakfast. I often stop by Panera Bread in the morning to pick up a bagel or cinnamon roll.

  26. Susan Smith says:
  27. I love starting my day of with a cup of coffee and a bowl of oatmeal while I check my calendar and emails.

  28. Tamara Shurling says:

    My favorite way to start the day is to have a cup of coffee outside, we live on a few acres, and listen to the birds and just start my day with nature.

  29. Start the day with coffee and some reading of fav blogs : )

  30. I love starting the day with blueberry-flavored coffee!

  31. My favorite way to start the day is with a long workout, followed by a smoothie and a veggie-filled egg white omelet.

  32. Janice Cooper says:

    My favorite way to start to day is with peppermint hot tea and watching my favorite spiritual show on t.v.

  33. Janice Cooper says:
  34. I like to start the day with breakfast.

  35. i like to get some stretching in before i have to REALLY get my day going

  36. I start my day by snuggling my baby girl and having coffee

  37. I like to start my day with being thankful for the day and a nice cup of French Vanilla flavored coffee.

  38. I like to start my day with a cup of hot coffee, blueberry bagels and Greek yogurt.
    tcarolinep at gmail dot com

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  41. I love snuggling with my son. What better way to start the day then sitting together reading stories?
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  42. My favorite way to start the day is a long morning row followed by a breakfast of eggs and chocolate milk.
    leahsorensen@gmail.com

  43. I love starting off the day with a protein-filled breakfast!

  44. Wanda McHenry says:

    My favorite way to start the day is a kiss from my husband when he’s leaving for work and a cup of coffee!

  45. Wanda McHenry says:
  46. My favorite way to start the day is a nice cup of coffee with a pastry!!!! thanks for a chance to win! kmassman gmail

  47. my fave way to start the day is a hot cup of coffee & a donut!

  48. a hot coffee and listen to the music

  49. Starting the day with coffee, a laughing baby, and a happy 3 year old would be perfect.

    chambanachik at gmail dot com

  50. My favorite way to start the day is by taking a 30 minute walk around my neighborhood!

  51. I love Panera’s broccoli and cheddar soup. I get it every time!

  52. I love to start the day with some Scripture reading, a little exercise and coffee. 🙂 Not particularly in that order.

  53. My favorite way to start the day is with a walk around the Central Park Reservoir – always a beautiful way to get going:)

  54. I start my day with coffee and reading email.

  55. Nicole Larsen says:

    I start my day with a cup of coffee and either a bowl of LIFE cereal (my fave) or english muffins with pb on them!

  56. Nicole Larsen says:
  57. Wild Orchid says:

    I love to start my day with a mug of coffee and a cozy robe.

    Thanks for the chance to win!
    wildorchid985 at gmail dot com

  58. Wild Orchid says:

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  59. A hot cup of french vanilla coffee is how I start my day!

  60. sitting in my recliner drinking a cup of coffee!

  61. maria cantu says:

    I like to start my day with a big cup of coffee.

  62. Give me coffee topped with whipped cream, a bowl of melon and a fresh, hot scone and I’m a happy girl! And so is my belly 🙂

  63. My favorite way to start the day is having a nice cup of coffee, some simple and hearty breakfast with my family. Thanks for introducing Panera. Can’t wait to try them out!

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  64. My favorite way to start the day is with a hug from my kids and a cup of coffee!

  65. I start the day with coffee.

  66. must. have. hot. beverage. LOL I love mugs of chai tea latte, coffe w/tons of cream and sugar and spic, or cinnamon hot cocoa! yummers!

  67. My favorite way to start the day is with a bagel.

  68. My favorite way to start the day is with eggs for breakfast.

  69. Erica Best says:

    i love hot tea in the morning

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  71. Rebecca Graham says:

    I make coffee, toast a bagel, and go for a walk.

  72. Rebecca Graham says:
  73. Cynthia C says:

    I like to start out mentally mapping my day over a good cup of coffee.

  74. Cynthia C says:
  75. I love to start my day with my kids waking up happy. It sets the pace for the day nicely.

  76. Good Morning! I start my day with a great big cup of coffee! ♥ Thank you for the chance to win the Panera gift card. 🙂

    Love, Joy

  77. My favorite way to start the day is having breakfast with my husband thanks

  78. My favorite way to start the day is with a morning walk. Then I come home to a bowl of my favorite oatmeal topped with blueberries.

  79. I love starting the day with coffee and delicious flavored creamer for it!

  80. I love to start my day with a warm cup of green tea on cold mornings like today. Thanks for hosting the giveaway!

  81. Amanda Sakovitz says:

    I love starting the day with a huge cup of coffee

  82. Amanda Sakovitz says:
  83. My favorite way to start the day is with a warm bowl of oatmeal.

  84. Thomas Murphy says:

    I like to start the day with coffee and a bagel.

  85. Thomas Murphy says:
  86. Tabathia B says:

    I love beginning the day with a cup of fruit punch and a glazed doughnut

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  87. Tabathia B says:

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  88. nannypanpan says:

    my best way to start the day is to give kisses to all my kids and a good cup of coffee with the today show
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  89. I love starting my day with a good cup of hazelnut coffee and the today show.

  90. Staying snuggled in the covers with a hot cup of tea!

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